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Dr. Kyle Nelson|
PhD NE 2013; Kyle Nelson joined the SMART Laboratory
research team in Fall 2008. Kyle worked on two innovative
neutron detection technologies, those being the optically
stimulated neutron detector and the low-density insert gas
detector. The optically stimulated neutron detector operates
with the Pockels cell effect, where radiation interactions in
a Pockels cell cause detectable polarization changes in transmitted light.
The low-density insert detector uses porous materials laced
with neutron reactive materials inserted into gas-filled
proportional counters. He received his Doctor of Philosophy
degree in Nuclear Engineering in 2013 for his work on 6Li-Foil
neutron detectors, which was recognized with an R&D; 100 Award
in 2014. At graduation, Dr. Nelson had published five conference
papers and five journal papers with over twelve more pending.
He is also a co-inventor on two allowed patents and one patent
pending. Dr. Nelson presently works at SPAWAR in San Diego, CA.
Advisor: Douglas S. McGregor